Mapping Permanent Preservation Areas in Brazil

Brazil has some of the most unique and important ecosystems in the world. I have helped develop computer methods that can automate the delineation of critical protection zones in Brazil, called Permanent Preservation Areas. These areas provide protection for biological diversity by prohibiting all economic uses of resources within their limits. However, finding these places…

The View from North American Highways

I conducted a large-scale analysis using the Human-centered viewshed for all highways and freeways across North America. This analysis was created to explore the possibilities of identifying scenic highway drives automatically, to compare different highway segments across regions, and to help planners prioritize the rehabilitation of scenic areas. The analysis was conducted using a computer…

Gap Analysis Tool for Outdoor Recreation

In partnership with Lees + Associates and Metro Vancouver, we developed a GIS-based gap analysis tool to assess the availability of outdoor recreational opportunities within Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, covering nearly 4 million residents. I led the database development to organize spatial data for all municipalities and regions. The database houses thousands of…

Case Studies Applying Human-centered Viewshed for use in Forest Planning

To test the practicality and application of the Human-centered Viewshed to real-world problems, Dr. Mike Meitner and I have partnered with West Fraser (in Quesnel, BC) and TimberWest (in Campbell River, BC), to improve the planning process in areas of scenic and visual importance. West Fraser’s operations have been dramatically impacted by the the Mountain…